Guide to the Papers of Ludwig Misch (1887-1967)
1933-1967

AR 2073 / MF 1084

Processed by Ira Fiona Sebekow

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

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Electronic finding aid was encoded in EAD 2002 by Dianne Ritchey in May 2010. Description is in English.
September 2011: Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Misch, Ludwig, 1887–1967
Title: Ludwig Misch Collection
Dates:1933-1967
Dates:bulk 1930s-1940s
Abstract: The Ludwig Misch Collection documents the musical career and life of the musicologist Ludwig Misch. Included in this collection are numerous essays and reviews about several composers, memoirs, personal correspondence and a small amount of family papers. Those documents give an impression of Ludwig Misch's varied activities in the field of music.
Languages: The collection is in German and English.
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Identification: AR 2073 / MF 1084
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute
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Biographical Note

Ludwig Misch was born in 1887 in Berlin. After graduating in musicology at the University of Berlin he continued his musical education at the Sternschen Konservatorium. In addition he received a doctorate in law in 1911. With his comprehensive academic training Ludwig Misch established himself as a music critic, conductor, teacher and an authority on Beethoven. With the Nazis' takeover in 1933 he was restricted in his public and creative work for being a Jew. In the first years of the 1930s Ludwig Misch founded his own a cappella choir, "Neue Madrigalvereinigung," later the "Juedische Madrigalvereinigung." They gave their first concert in 1934. In March 1943 he was forced to work for the Jewish library of the Reich Security Head Office.

Because of the fact that he was married to a Christian woman, Anni Brix, he was spared from deportation to a concentration camp and survived World War II. In 1947 he moved to New York City, where he continued working on writing about the life and work of Beethoven. He wrote 40 articles for several publications.

Ludwig Misch passed away 1967 in New York.

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Scope and Content Note

The Ludwig Misch Collection consists primarily of personal documents and articles regarding Jewish contributions to German culture. Most of the records are original papers. The bulk of the collection contains documents and correspondence regarding the struggle for survival under Hitler's regime.

Series I mainly contains autobiographical writings by Ludwig and Anni Misch regarding work-related restrictions of Jews. In addition, there are documents (such as notes from the superintendent, ration cards for food which were useless for Jews) which illustrate daily-life under Hitler's regime. Ludwig Misch's constant efforts to continue his career are documented in the correspondence that is to be found in Series II. The numerous essays, articles and reviews are results of his research in the field of music. These are included in Series III. Letters and testimonies from the Loewenthal and Perl families are compiled in Series IV.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in four series.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Collection is microfilmed (MF 1084).

Readers may access the collection by visiting the Lillian Goldman Reading Room at the Center for Jewish History. We recommend reserving the collection in advance; please visit the LBI Online Catalog and click on the Reserve button.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011
email: lbaeck@lbi.cjh.org

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Access Points

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Microfilm

Collection is available on 13 reels of microfilm (MF 1084).

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); Ludwig Misch Collection; AR 2073; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Processing Information

The collection was arranged topically and alphabetically.. The original order has been slightly changed. The folders were separated by topic and a few were divided into specific folders. Now Series I is separated into two folders: one folder with mainly biographical writings and another one with general documents. A large amount of letters, containing correspondence between Ludwig Misch and his colleagues were added to Series II. Due to the major importance of his career as a musicologist Series III was divided into five folders. Each of them consists of different types of papers. The family folders have not been changed.

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Other Finding Aid

An item-level inventory by Ilse Turnheim is available. Items in this inventory include numbers that refer to individual items of the collection.

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Container List

Follow the links in the title column to access the digitized materials.

 

Series I: Personal Documents, 1935-1967

This series is in German and English.
2 folders.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

Ludwig Misch's personal documents are the focus of Series I. His papers primarily consist of biographical writings, including memoirs, testimonial letters and articles about him. Of particular interest are his descriptions of being held as a prisoner of war by the Russian Army in 1945. These writings give deep impressions about his life as a renowned musicologist and his contributions to the world of classical music.

BoxFolderTitleDate
11Biographical Writings1937-1965
12General1935-1967
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Series II: Correspondence, 1936-1959

This series is in German.
3 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Material on Ludwig Misch's colleagues and friends Wilhelm Furtwaengler, Max Unger and Bruno Walter are to be found in Series II. This includes a small amount of letters as well as numerous postcards of his close friend Max Unger. Notable among these may be the testimonials of Wilhelm Furtwaengler and Bruno Walter, which pertain to securing his livelihood.

BoxFolderTitleDate
13Furtwaengler, Wilhelm1936-1938
14Unger, Max1939-1959
15Walter, Bruno1948
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Series III: Articles and Programs, 1933-1967

This series is in German and English.
0.25 linear ft.
Arrangement:

Topical.

Scope and Content:

Ludwig Misch as a musicologist and music critic was specialized in certain composers like Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert and Mozart. Academic essays and reviews are to be found in Series III. This series also includes a huge amount of articles. For example, Ludwig Misch reviewed several times a Mozart biography. He also wrote articles about the importance of women in the field of music and about the importance of music lessons in Jewish schools. There are essays about other composers like Schoenberg and Schumann. In addition, this series holds several concert programs mainly from his choir "Neue Madrigalvereinigung," which he founded in 1933 or 1934. The choir gave their first concert in March 1934.

BoxFolderTitleDate
16Essays – Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert1949-1967
17Reviews1945-1965
18Articles – Jewish Contributions to German Culture1946-1947
19Newspaper Articles1933-1941
110Concert Programs1934-1936
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Series IV: Family Papers, 1834-1966

This series is in German.
2 folders.
Arrangement:

Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Series IV largely contains the personal and official papers of members of the Loewenthal and the Perl families, especially of Isaac and Philip Loewenthal. The Perls were connected through Ludwig Misch's sister Gertrude Misch. She was married to Alfred Perl. Their mother's family were the Loewenthals. Included are a passport, inheritance papers, a few photographs and a few family and official papers.

BoxFolderTitleDate
111Loewenthal Family1834-1938
112Alfred Perl Family1863-1866
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